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Old 03-17-2007, 11:45 AM   #1
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What's the difference between Baptism and Christening?

I have a Batism to go to tomorrow at a Catholic church and I'm just trying to see if there's a difference Thanks mamas!!!

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Old 03-17-2007, 11:49 AM   #2
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Re: What's the difference between Baptism and Christening?

As far as I know, it's the same thing. Sometimes the amount of water put on the baby's head...some sprinkle, some pour, some use a cloth wet with holy water, etc.
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Old 03-17-2007, 11:54 AM   #3
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Re: What's the difference between Baptism and Christening?

just the religion usually. (Catholic vs prodestant) Its pretty much the same thing Baby is upfont with the minister/pastor/priest and has a blessing and water put on them. Hope that helps!
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Re: What's the difference between Baptism and Christening?

It depends on the faith we do dedications at my church (we are not catholic)..I believe with a catholic christening it is one of the sacraments to reach heaven (like confession & the last rites)and therefore must be done.. correct me if im wrong..
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I think its just terminology. I'm Catholic and my DH is Methodist. We had his dad (a methodist minister) and a Priest BOTH do it for my DS together (which was so wonderful!), so maybe ours was a baptism & a christening all at once!
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Old 03-19-2007, 09:08 AM   #6
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same thing
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Re: What's the difference between Baptism and Christening?

Here's something interesting I learned. In Norway, they don't have baby showers so the baby gifts are brought to the Christening. For families who aren't religious, they have "secular" Christenings. Otherwise, no baby gifts. I guess I would have thought that they would change the name of it since no one is actually getting "Christened" religiously.
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Re: What's the difference between Baptism and Christening?

In the UK it's called a 'naming ceremony' for a civil service done by the justice of the peace...
No baby showers either Gifts are usually given at time of birth or at the ceremony..

As for the 'secular' christening name. It's like Christmas, 'everyone' celebrates...
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In many demoninations, the Christening is the first part of the Baptism - Christening, Confirmation, then Baptism. Other denominations go right for the baptism when the child feels the calling. Many of those denominations have like promise ceremonies, where the parents promise to raise the child in the church.
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a christening is done as a child and is the parents comitting to raise the child up in te religion...baptism is a commitment of the child when they reach the age of responsibility to live according to the religion
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